A Champagne Chair
2007 January 12 by Josh
So every year DWR has this Champagne Chair contest where you're challenged with the task of designing and crafting a miniature chair out of nothing more than the cork, foil, cage, and label of two champagne bottles. I've never taken the time the enter before, but thanks to David at DWR across the street I came into ownership of an official cork kit a couple days ago.
Since David went through all the trouble to hook me up I figured I'd better make good on an entry. In the end, I'm guessing it took me 3-4 hours to complete using 4 different knives, pliers, a number 2 pencil, a drill, and crazy glue. I only glued my fingers together twice, and hopefully the judges won't spot the layer of skin I left on the bottom of the chair.
For what it's worth the body of the chair is a solid piece of cork with a sliver of foil wrapped around the middle. I used about a cage and half of wire to hold everything together. After completing it I definitely can see how I'd do things differently next go round, but all in all I had a ton of fun.
Last year's contest garnered over 600 entries, and it's really quite remarkable to see the creativity spawned out of limitations. If you're interested in how my chair turned out, I've posted some photos of the in-progress and finished work.